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Pierre Brooks named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Michigan High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Pierre Brooks named 2020-21 MaxPreps Michigan High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Pierre Brooks II of Douglass (Detroit) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Michigan High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-6, 218-pound senior helped the Hurricanes go 17-5 en route to the program's first state title.

Brooks averaged 33.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.3 steals per outing as a senior, finishing his prep career with 1,973 points.

The Mr. Basketball finalist tallied 15 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals in the Hurricanes' 47-41 state title game victory over Tri-Unity Christian (Wyoming).

Signed with Michigan State, Brooks is regarded as the No. 66 prospect in the Class of 2021 by 247Sports. He held additional college offers from Arizona State, Butler, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Northwestern and Xavier.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
Florida junior varsity high school volleyball team wins district title after replacing quarantined varsity squad - HIGHSCORE
Florida junior varsity high school volleyball team wins district title after replacing quarantined varsity squad
We've seen a lot of unusual high school sports stories pop up due to the ongoing pandemic. But we haven't seen anything quite like what happened Thursday in Florida, where the junior varsity team at Steinbrenner (Lutz) was forced to replace the varsity in the Class 7A District 13 championship game Thursday – and won.

Sarah Hollenbeck of WFTS Tampa Bay reports that Steinbrenner's varsity team was placed in quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure. The Warriors had the option to forfeit or call up the junior varsity squad en masse to face Palm Harbor University.

Steinbrenner (16-7) elected to give it a go with the JV. The Warriors lost the first set 20-25, rallied to win the second 25-22 then fell again in the third 23-25. With its backs against the wall, the Tampa-area school prevailed 25-22 and 15-13 in the final two sets. Here's the dramatic final sequence:
Thanks to the efforts of the late replacements, Steinbrenner enters the Class 7A state tournament as the top seed from District 13 and is scheduled to face Sickles (Tampa) next Friday. According to Hollenbeck, the varsity team is expected to be available for that contest.

Palm Harbor University also advances and will meet Plant on Wednesday. There is an outside shot the two teams could meet again in the regional semifinals.
2020-21 HIGHSCORE Sophomore All-America Team: D.J. Wagner headlines high school basketball's best from the Class of 2023 - HIGHSCORE
2020-21 MaxPreps Sophomore All-America Team: D.J. Wagner headlines high school basketball's best from the Class of 2023
Our look at high school basketball's best from the 2020-21 season continues with the MaxPreps Sophomore All-America Team, highlighted by National Sophomore of the Year D.J. Wagner of Camden (N.J.).

Wagner, a 6-foot-3 guard regarded as the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2023 by 247Sports, averaged 22.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game this season for Camden, which finished No. 9 in the MaxPreps Top 25. The Panthers have amassed a record of 42-1 in his two years with the program.

The son and grandson of former NBA players, Wagner joins a list of past winners that includes R.J. Barrett, Jayson Tatum and Andrew Wiggins. See the full list of past MaxPreps Juniors of the Year below.

Selections are based on team success, individual production and local, regional and state honors from the recently completed season. Potential at the college or professional level is not a primary consideration. Players in post-graduate or non-scholastic programs are not eligible for inclusion.
First Team

6-9 | Forward | Uncommitted
First team SIAA selection averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks per contest to help the Flame to the Grind Session quarterfinals.

6-2 | Guard | Uncommitted
Scored 32 points in the Phenom Hoops Hoopstate championship game victory over Liberty Heights.

6-11 | Center | Uncommitted
MaxPreps Colorado Player of the Year averaged 22.1 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots per game while shooting better than 65 percent from the field to help the Lions win their fourth state championship.

6-8 | Wing | Uncommitted
Chicago Sun-Times All-Area selection averaged 28.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.5 steals per outing to lead Broncos to 12-2 record.

MAXPREPS NATIONAL SOPHOMORE OF THE YEAR
6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
A MaxPreps Freshman All-American a year ago, Garden State star scored 20 points or more points in 11 of 13 games in abbreviated season and is already closing in on 1,000 career points.

Second Team

6-0 | Guard | Uncommitted
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class 6A honorable mention selection averaged 14 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals per contest to help lead the Wildcats to their second consecutive state title.

6-0 | Guard | Uncommitted
Tallied 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as the Eagles won their first state title since 2012 and earned first GEICO Nationals berth.

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
Division III Southwest District Player of the Year averaged 23.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.3 steals while shooting 54 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point range.

6-8 | Forward | Uncommitted
A key cog in the sixth-ranked Panthers' second straight state championship run, averaged 13.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.

6-5 | Guard | Uncommitted
TABC All-Region selection and District 5-6A MVP averaged 19.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists to help the Lions to a 25-3 finish.

Third Team

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
District 1-5A Player of the Year averaged 24.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 4.0 assists as the Huskies reached the regional semifinals.

6-5 | Guard | Uncommitted
Class 2A first team selection averaged 18.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game, guiding the Greenies to their first state title game appearance since 1993.

6-6 | Guard | Uncommitted
Sent the Scorpions to the Class 1A state semifinals, averaging 20.2 points, 10.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.

6-9 | Forward | Uncommitted
Elite post presence averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 82 percent from the free throw line.

Mikey Williams, Lake Norman Christian (Davidson, N.C.)
6-2 | Guard | Uncommitted
California native had a strong first season in the Tar Heel State, averaging around 20 points, four rebounds and three assists per contest.

Honorable Mention

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
Four-star guard sparked the Eagles' Class 3A championship run, averaging 13.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

7-0 | Center | Uncommitted
Rapidly-developing South Sudan native averaged 10.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in his second year of organized basketball.

Ryan Bewley, West Oaks Academy
6-9 | Forward | Uncommitted
Five-star prospect and twin brother of first teamer Matt Bewley regularly produced double-doubles against a challenging national schedule.

6-8 | Forward | Uncommitted
Top 10 prospect averaged 10.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.1 blocks while shooting 64.3 percent from the field to help the Warriors go 16-2 en route to the program's first state championship.

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
Helped the Rams reach the 7A state quarterfinals, averaging 13.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.3 steals per contest while shooting 41 percent from 3-point range.

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
Five-star prospect averaged 12.6 points per contest, helping the Eagles advance to the section 4-AAA title game.

Julius Clark, Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.)
6-5 | Wing | Uncommitted
Versatile wing prospect was a key cog in the Spartans' Class 6A championship run, producing 14 points and 8 rebounds in the title game.

Jeremy Fears Jr. , La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.)
6-1 | Guard | Uncommitted
Top 25 prospect averaged 8.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per contest while handling primary ball-handling duties for the Lakers.

6-2 | Guard | Uncommitted
Averaged 13.6 points, 5.0 assists and 3.2 rebounds per contest while shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 46.9 percent from beyond the arc.

6-6 | Wing | Uncommitted
Sidelined for nearly a month midway through the season due to COVID-19 protocols, but still averaged 20.5 points and 12.6 rebounds per game for the 8-3 Bulldogs.

6-1 | Guard | Uncommitted
Holloway was a bright spot for the 8-11 Lions, averaging 21.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.3 steals.

6-7 | Wing | Uncommitted
Four-star prospect averaged 11.1 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest to help Attucks go 18-7.

6-8 | Forward | Uncommitted
Top 20 prospect averaged 17.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest to earn All-United Division first team honors.

6-1 | Guard | Uncommitted
Led the Cougars to their first state championship, averaging 16.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 3.4 assists per outing while shooting 55.9 percent from the field.

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
Top 10 prospect took a significant step in his second year with the Lions, averaging 12.4 points, six assists and four rebounds per contest.

Past MaxPreps Sophomores of the Year
2020 — Emoni Bates, Lincoln (Ypsilanti, Mich.)
2019 — Jonathan Kuminga, Our Savior New American (Centereach, N.Y.)
2018 — Jalen Green, San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, Calif.)
2017 — R.J. Barrett, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2016 — Romeo Langford, New Albany (Ind.)
2015 — M.J. Walker, Jonesboro (Ga.)
2014 — Joshua Jackson, Consortium College Prep (Detroit); Jayson Tatum, Chaminade (St. Louis)
2013 — Malik Newman, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.)
2012 — Andrew Wiggins, Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.)
2011 — Aquille Carr, Patterson (Baltimore)
2010 — DaJuan Coleman, Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt, N.Y.)
High school football: Valdosta program hit with $7,500 fine, postseason ban for using ineligible players - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Valdosta program hit with $7,500 fine, postseason ban for using ineligible players
Valdosta (Ga.), the winningest high school football program in history, was hit with a historic punishment this week by the Georgia High School Association over alleged recruiting violations and lack of institutional control, according to media reports.

The school was fined $7,500 and the football team banned from the 2021 postseason as five players from the 2020 team were deemed ineligible. Valdosta finished 7-5 last season and reached the AAAAAA semifinals. The school's 939 wins are the most in prep history, though victories with ineligible players become forfeits.

Valdosta coach Rush Propst remains on administrative leave last month after allegedly asking former booster club director Mike Nelson for "funny money" to help recruits and their families with rent and other expenses.

GHSA Executive Director Robin Hines announced the fines as $1,000 for each of the five ineligible players as well as $2,500 for "lack of institutional control."

"The evidence is clear that this is not an isolated instance (of recruiting) and that Coach Probst (sic) and members of the Valdosta Touchdown Club have on other occasions contacted other student athletes or their families and provided gifts of money, payment of utilities and housing incentives in an attempt to persuade those student athletes to transfer to Valdosta High School," Hines told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Among the ineligible players was Jake Garcia, who transferred to Valdosta from California. He played one game for Wildcats before being declared ineligible and transferring to Grayson, where he helped the Rams to a AAAAAAA title. Garcia is now enrolled at the University of Miami.

Propst owns a career record of 299-92 and has won seven state titles during a high-profile, 30-year, seven-school career that included an eight-year stint at Hoover (Ala.), which was featured on MTV's popular "Two-A-Days" reality show. He resigned there in 2007 mired in controversy, and was dismissed from Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.) in 2019 after more alleged impropriety.

The school has seven days to appeal to the GHSA.

Propst declined comment on any allegation or GHSA's ruling, but told the AJC, "We've got to let the (appeals) process play out, and we respect that process, and hopefully we'll get to the bottom of this."
Rush Propst, Valdosta
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Rush Propst, Valdosta

High school volleyball rankings: In search of sixth consecutive state title, Nebraska's Skutt Catholic headlines preseason HIGHSCORE Top 25 - HIGHSCORE
High school volleyball rankings: In search of sixth consecutive state title, Nebraska's Skutt Catholic headlines preseason MaxPreps Top 25
While the 2020 high school volleyball season might look different on a national level, one thing remains: You've got to win the matches in front of you. More than two-thirds of the states are pushing forward with fall sports, though some have a delayed calendar, but the national landscape will nonetheless look different.

California opted for a spring volleyball schedule, while some of the national tournaments were either canceled or rebooted in a different format. Michigan, with several Top 25-worthy teams is still trying to figure out if it's pushing back or moving forward.

Still, there's a ton of individual talent already on the court and equal number of teams capable of putting together state and perhaps national title runs.

We've included teams that have started playing or will start in September. Coaches can play their part in formulating accurate rankings by updating schedules and scores via MaxPreps.
Mabrey Shaffmaster and New Castle (Ind.) check in at No. 9 in our preseason rankings. The Trojans are chasing their fourth straight Indiana title.
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Mabrey Shaffmaster and New Castle (Ind.) check in at No. 9 in our preseason rankings. The Trojans are chasing their fourth straight Indiana title.
Preseason MaxPreps Top 25

1. Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.), 7-0
Notes: Won the Bellevue West Invite without dropping a set. Lindsay Krause has 84 kills in 15 sets, while Allie Gray has 188 assists.

2. Flower Mound (Texas), Opens Sept. 15
Notes: Finished 41-4 last season and return three All-Americans in Kaylee Cox, Angelique Cyr and Caroline Dykes.

3. Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas), Sept. 15
Notes: Defending 5A champions posted a 2019 mark of 48-5. All-Americans Averi Carlson and Cecily Bramschreiber look to repeat.

4. Hoover (Ala.), 14-1
Notes: Following a season-opening five-set loss to McGill-Toolen, the Bucs have reeled off 14 straight including a revenge win over the Yellowjackets and a three-set tourney win over Tennessee's Brentwood.

5. Mercy (Louisville, Ky.), Sept. 8
Notes: Kentucky runners-up open the season against 2019 champion Assumption in a battle of the titans.

6. Assumption (Louisville, Ky.), Sept. 8
Notes: See No. 5 Mercy.

7. Valley (West Des Moines, Iowa), Sept. 2
Notes: Tigers open 2020 against Fort Dodge after 38-5 runner-up season in 2019. All-American Hayden Kubik leads Valley.

8. Brentwood (Tenn.), 9-1
Notes: The Bruins started 9-0 before the loss to Hoover. All-American Shaye Eggleston has 150 kills to start the year.

9. New Castle ( Ind.), 1-0
Notes: The Trojans opened with a sweep of Center Grove as Mabrey Shaffmaster (21) and Laila Smith (16) combined for 37 kills.

10. Walton (Marietta, Ga.), 2-0
Notes: The Raiders opened with sweeps of North Cobb and Marietta.

11. Guyer (Denton, Texas), Sept. 15
Notes: The Wildcats went 35-9 before losing to 6A champion Byron Nelson in the state semis.

12. Leon (Tallahassee, Fla.), Sept. 18
Notes: The Lions were 29-3 last season in winning the FHSAA 6A title and return assist leader Alexa Washington after dishing up 957 in 2019.

13. Papillion-LaVista South (Papillion, Neb.), 6-1
Notes: Sophomore Stella Adeyemi (46 kills) and freshman Lauren Medeck (39 kills) had helped the Titans to the 6-1 mark. Lone loss was to Skutt.

14. Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.), 7-0
Notes: The Royals have been paced by Delaney Garner's 83 kills and while freshman Lauren Harden has added 74. Junior Emily Weber has 129 assists.

15. McGill-Toolen (Mobile, Ala.), 12-2
Notes: Senior Skyler Bumpers has 180 kills thus far as Yellowjackets' losses are to Hoover and Brentwood.

Notes: Ella Broadhead has 110 kills with senior Emily Buhl adding 87 as the Admirals' lone losses are to upper division opponents Hoover and McGill-Toolen.

17. O'Gorman (Sioux Falls, S.D.), 1-0
Notes: All-American Bergen Reilly opened her sophomore campaign with 16 kills in the sweep over Roosevelt.

18. Teurlings Catholic (Lafayette, La.), Sept. 9
Notes: The Rebels open the quest for their fourth straight DII title along with senior Gatorade winner Cicily Hidalgo.

19. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati), 2-0
Notes: Junior Carly Hendrickson posted 25 kills in three sets as the Cougars earned two sweeps to start the year.

20. Jenks (Okla.), 11-1
Notes: Mikiah Perdue, Sophie Bufogle and Savanna LaBiche all have more than 50 kills as the Trojans took the Broken Arrow Invitational.

21. Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.), Sept. 2
Notes: The Saints open with St. James.

22. Briarcrest Christian (Eads, Tenn.), 4-0
Notes: Zykia Jones has 45 kills as the Saints have jumped to a 4-0 start without dropping a set.

23. Providence (Clarksville, Ind.), 5-1
Notes: Pioneers' lone loss to Hamilton Southeastern.

24. McIntosh (Peachtree City, Ga.), 7-0
Notes: Senior Ngozi Iloh has 85 kills and junior Alexa Markley added 77 kills as the Chiefs have dropped only two sets. Senior Claire Lewis has 172 assists.

25. Padua Franciscan (Parma, Ohio), 4-0

Notes: Senior Brooke Cirigliano leads the Bruins with 49 kills as Maria Futey has added 40. Amanda Leigh dished up 123 assists as Padua has swept all four matches.

The Next 25

26. Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.), 9-2
27. Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.), 7-1
28. Pope (Marietta, Ga.), 7-0
29. Klein (Texas), Sept. 11
30. Southside (Fort Smith, Ark.), 2-1
31. Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.), Sept. 10
32. Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.), Sept. 17
33. Washburn Rural (Topeka, Kan.), Sept. 3
34. Willard (Mo.), 6-0
35. Ursuline Academy (Cincinnati), 3-0
36. Plano West (Plano, Texas), Sept. 18
37. Pleasant Grove (Utah), 3-0
38. Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas), Sept. 15
39. Elkhorn South (Omaha, Neb.) 2-0
40. Norman North (Norman, Okla.), 4-1
41. Parkland (Allentown, Pa.), Sept. 15
42. North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa.), Sept. 14
43. St. Francis Borgia (Washington, Mo.), Sept. 3
44. Brookfield Central (Brookfield, Wis.), Sept. 15
45. Prosper (Texas), Sept. 11
46. St. James Academy (Lenexa, Kan.), Sept. 8
47. St. Pius X Catholic (Atlanta), 8-0
48. Notre Dame Academy (Toledo, Ohio), 1-1
49. Reagan (San Antonio), Sept. 4
50. Appleton North (Appleton, Wis.), Sept. 18